Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sing Along with Me Now, “Art Isn’t Easy…”

One of the theatre companies I work for is the daytime tenant of a commercial space. In the evening, long running contemporary “adult” theatre fare is offered. Like many other TYA companies, the sets for the children’s shows are designed to live on top of the other set. When our company is in the space during the day, our signs go up, educational displays are present, and the merchandise counter is transformed for kid friendly swag.

The funny thing is, the marquee outside the theatre displays all performances in the buidling, So imagine the looks we had when shows like Rumplestiltskin and Seussical shared signage with such long running hits as The Vagina Monologues and Menopeause: The Musical.

During one of the lobby autogrpah sessions while a change over between the daily offereings was occurring, a little boy pointed to a sign for The Vagina Monologues and asked, “Mommy, what is that?”

The actor signing autographs quickly chimed in, “That’s pronounced VA-GEENA. She’s a 12th Century saint.” Crisis adverted!




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    1. David Kilpatrick

      When I was at NYU, we often joked about how the Provincetown Playhouse, the place where many of the Ed. Theatre shows were produced, was the same theatre where “Vampire Lesbians from Sodom” once played – one of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows in history.

      I also like that before it was The New Victory in New York, the theatre was a burlesque house AND a XXX-rated movie house.

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